The former skipper, as well as his vice-captain, two of the most destructive batsmen in the one-day game, are now suspended from worldwide cricket following their roles in the ball tampering controversy which overshadowed last year's series against South Africa.
Coach Langer, who will prepare sides for both the World Cup defence and Ashes tour over the next few months, said the timing of their worldwide returns would depend both on the injuries and also on how much cricket they were able to play. It is thus likely that Australia could exclude their former captain from the World Cup and have him instead play the concurrently running Australia A series to get ready for the Ashes Tests that immediately succeed the marquee ODI tournament in England.
The cricket.com.au report also quoted a CA spokesperson as saying that the board is working to ensure that Smith gets match-fit as soon as the situation permits so.
"[It's about] how much cricket they get to play between now and then, but I'm sure we'll find opportunities". Both Warner and Smith underwent elbow surgeries, and while the opener's timely return seems imminent, there are some concerns about the former captain's return considering the seriousness of the injury and the amount of time it leaves him to prepare for the World Cup.
The recalled pair will need strong displays in India and the UAE if they are to keep Smith and Warner at bay.
Australia coach Justin Langer admitted it would be a insane idea to not pick Smith and Warner when they are cleared on their suspensions but insisted the duo should not be rushed back without proper game time behind them.
Craig said: "The intent is that he will play in the IPL and then the World Cup and then the Ashes".
Langer, who earlier this summer described Australian cricket as resembling a dysfunctional family in the wake of the Sandpapergate scandal, said the "reintegration" of Smith and Warner has already well and truly began. It's all part of the management. In Australian cricket every game's important. We'll have to wait and see, ' said Langer.
"I see us going to the Ashes and them having a huge part in us winning the series". "We know there are a lot of good players and there are only 15 spots for the World Cup", he signed off.
"We know how good they are and hopefully, once their bans are up, they will be welcomed back and they'll win Test matches like they did before".